DEWITT, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — It’s history in the making! For the first time, New Yorkers are able to cast their votes in person starting Saturday, Oct. 26th, ahead of Election Day.
Onondaga County has six polling locations for early voters, one of those being the DeWitt Town Hall. It opened up at 9 a.m. and by 10 a.m., more than 60 voters had cast their ballots there.
“I’ve been waiting for years. My sister lives in a different state and she’s been voting early for a long time,” said Hope Kuniholm, who put her vote in early.
New York voters have nine days to cast their ballots early and while absentee ballots are still accepted, for many, getting there in person is more convenient.
“Every day my work schedule is different. It’s really a lot easier to come in on a weekend,” Kuniholm said.
Also new this election, is the way voters sign in. Instead of finding their name and address on a piece of paper, they’ll use electronic polling pads. They can either scan their ID or enter their names manually. A receipt will print out and moderators hand them their personalized ballot.
“Smooth, easy, people were right on to help us out and it was very convenient to be able to do this because we have a busy day,” said Patty and Thomas Schmidt.
For those who couldn’t make it on the first day, though more than 1,000 people in Onondaga County did, there are still eight days left of early voting.
Voters have until Sunday, Nov. 3rd, to cast an early ballot. Rules on designated polling locations may change from county to county. For more information on those rules, click here.
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